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April 28th, 2020

From the vaults: Hypocrisy

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Forum for Philosophy

April 28th, 2020

From the vaults: Hypocrisy

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Joanna Burch-Brown/ Jussi Suikkanen/ Demetris Tillyris

 


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Why do we tend to judge hypocrites more harshly than those whose actions, however bad, appear consistent with their beliefs? Is hypocrisy better understood as inevitable weakness of the will or as inexcusable deception? We ask if hypocrisy is a moral dead-end or a step on the path to better behaviour. Is there such a thing as ‘honest’ hypocrisy? Which contemporary issues tend to make hypocrites of us, and are we, the hypocrites, really all that bad?

 

Speakers
Joanna Burch-Brown
Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Bristol
Jussi Suikkanen
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Birmingham
Demetris Tillyris
Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Canterbury Christ Church University

Chair
Danielle Sands
Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Culture, Royal Holloway, University of London & Fellow, Forum for Philosophy

 

Recorded on 25 April 2017 at the LSE

 

 

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